1. CHARGE YOUR PHONE FASTER WITH A SINGLE BUTTON PRESS
Tired of waiting for your phone to recharge? Well, there is a way to speed up the re-juicing process, and it’s surprisingly simple – just engage Flight Safe mode. By knocking out all your phone’s Wi-Fi-searching, data-draining communication skills, it takes the strain off your battery while it’s being powered up. Not hugely, true – but if you’re pressed for time and looking to eke out every bit of juice, that extra 4% you’ll add in 30 minutes connected to the mains could make all the difference.
2. SHAVE SECONDS OFF YOUR SEARCHES
When it comes to finding out the footy scores or proving a point, getting where you need to go on the internet is all about speed and precision – something missing when you’re forced to knock out type-heavy web addresses. So save time by holding down the full stop icon whilst typing out an address to bring up a short-cut series of URL suffixes. From the classics (.com, .) to the less used (.edu, .ie), there are quick hit shortcuts for all.
3. DISCOVER EXACTLY WHAT YOUR PHONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU
You’ve probably filed away the Compass app alongside the Stocks and Find Friends apps in a folder entitled ‘Crap I can’t delete’. You should pull it back out, though – as it’s got a secret second function that will help with your DIY duties. No: not using your iPhone to hammer in nails (although it can – briefly – do that too). Instead, swiping left in the Compass app brings up a very useful spirit level – a digital bubble gauge than can check if that shelf really is level. (Spoiler: it isn’t.)
5. LOCK YOUR CAMERA’S FOCAL POINT
6. CREATE CUSTOM VIBRATIONS
7. CORRECT SIRI’S PRONUNCIATION
8. CLOSE THREE APPS AT ONCE
9. SET YOUR MUSIC ON A TIMER
Enjoy listening to a little soothing background music as you drift off to the Land of Nod? Then you’re probably all too familiar with waking up at 3am to some unwanted tunes. Unless, of course, you set your music to turn off on a timer. In the Clock app, slide along to the Timer options. Here under the ‘When Time Ends’ tag, you can switch out the alarm option for a ‘Stop Playing’ tag. This will turn off the tunes, be it through Apple Music or Spotify, when the timer hits zero.
10. TAKE A PHOTO WITHOUT TOUCHING YOUR PHONE
An oldie but a goodie iPhone hack is using your volume control buttons to capture a snap – thus saving your meaty paw blocking the screen as you attempt to hit the touchscreen controls. But if you prefer to be even further removed from your photo-capturing shutter controls? Hitting the volume button on a pair of compatible, connected headphones will have the same effect.
11. SAVE YOUR DATA ALLOWANCE BY LIMITING APP ACCESS
12. IMPROVE YOUR BATTERY LIFE
14. USE YOUR PHONE LIKE AN ETCH-A-SKETCH TO ERASE
15. FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A REPLY
16. SHARE YOUR FAMILY TREE WITH SIRI
17. SWIPE RIGHT TO RETREAT
For iPhone-owning Android converts, living without a dedicated back button can be a difficult adjustment to make. While the iPhone might not have an ever-present command to put things in reverse, there is a simple way to head in the wrong direction. Within a number of apps – from Safari to Mail, via Messages – swiping from left to right on the screen will send you back to the previous page or menu. Who needs a dedicated button when you’ve got a more elegant solution?
18. HARD-RESET WHEN IT CRASHES
You may not have realised that Home button of the iPhone 7 isn’t really a button. That’s right, it’s a fraud. Haptic feedback gives the impression of a depression, but none actually occurs, making it totally useless for a hard-reset when your phone crashes. Instead, hold down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. Your phone should reset and spring back into life.
19. CUSTOMISE THE FEEL OF YOUR HOME BUTTON
Speaking of haptic feedback on the iPhone 7 Home button, it’s also possible to customise the vibration via the iPhone’s settings. Just go to Settings > General > Home button and you can select the level of feedback that feels right to you.
20. CREATE CUSTOM REPLIES FOR MISSED CALLS
It happens all the time: someone calls and you can’t answer. iOS comes with a few stock text responses which can be sent with a single tap, but it’s actually possible to create your own. Go to Settings > Phone > Respond With Text to create your own message.
“DATE NIGHT. CALL AGAIN AT YOUR OWN PERIL.”
21. TAKE A PHOTO WHILST SHOOTING VIDEO
You’ve undoubtedly encountered incidents when shooting video where you really want to take a snap as well. Thankfully, the iPhone allows you to do both at the same time. All you need to do is press the shutter button which appears next to the video button.
The photo is taken by the video camera’s sensors, so it won’t turn out quite as awe-inspiring as your usual images, but it’s handy nonetheless.
22. AUTOMATICALLY IGNORE POOR WIFI CONNECTIONS
Most of the time it’s preferable to use a WiFi connection rather than your own 4G data if you’re near a network. No-one wants to reach the middle of the month to realise that they’ve used all their data and Spotify streaming is suddenly off the cards.
But sometimes WiFi connections can be patchy and slow, especially public ones with lots of concurrent users and distant routers. Thankfully, iOS 9 onward makes use of a feature called WiFi Assist, which will cause slow networks to be ignored automatically, and instead make use of your more stable, faster, 4G data.
Of course, if you’d rather be in direct control, you can easily disable WiFi Assist.
23. ORDER AN UBER USING SIRI
You’re out late, you’ve had a few gin and tonics, and tapping through menus to order an Uber seems like a hassle. Thankfully, Siri allows you to run through the entire process hands-free.
Just make sure you’ve got the Uber app installed, and that you’ve logged into an account with a valid card attached. Then all you need say is “Siri, get me an Uber”, or “Siri, take me home in an Uber X” – et voila!
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